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October 25, 2005


I was invited to open a blog at this site, and so I did. I am not entirely sure what I will post, or how often, but be patient and I hope that I will be able to provide some useful information, if only by negative example. ;-)

I work at a small company that was bought by a much larger company, and partnered with a similar company. In other words, Company A and Company B were in the same industry, but weren't direct competitors due to the regional nature of their businesses, they were bought by Company C and combined into a nationwide company.

Company A had a data warehouse, and company B had a large Operational Data Store (ODS); Company C has a very large data warehouse that wants data from A and B. I support the collection of data from companies A+B to provide reporting, as well as trying to supply the data requirements of C.

We use Informatica to transport data between DB2, Oracle and Teradata, and its working pretty well for us. Our data volume from the source system (yes, there is only 1) is getting to the point where we are going to have to do something to keep up.

Metadata wise, we are still in the infancy stage. We recognize (well, maybe not *all* of us) that metadata is important, but maybe not how important it is. I have a metadata model that I would like to implement, but without tools its going to be too much work for 1 person.

I guess thats deep enough for an introduction. I will expand on what we are doing, what challenges we are facing, and some of the solutions we are persuing in later posts.

Posted by RDM at October 25, 2005 2:15 PM

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